We are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Wright and Dr. Rosalind Wright, P30 Center Members, have been awarded more than $9 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the effects of a broad range of environmental exposures on children’s long-term health from near the time of conception through adolescence. Additionally, Susan Teitelbaum, PhD, Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at ISMMS and P30 Center Member, and Judy Aschner, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and University Chair of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will collaborate on another aspect of the ECHO study focusing on exposure to chemicals in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). The grant is part of the seven-year, multi-institute initiative called Environmental Influence on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). Dr. Robert Wright explains, “ECHO will make a huge impact in public health, as it is becoming clearer that the environment we experience as children has a major influence on our health as adults…Understanding the role of environment and health in children helps all of us, regardless of age.” Congratulations again to our P30 Center Members Dr. Robert Wright, Dr. Rosalind Wright, and Susan Teitlebaum, Ph.D! The grant is highlighted in Mount Sinai’s Press Release page.
We are excited to launch our first Emerging Science video, highlighting Dr. Alison P. Sanders’ recent work on epigenetics, prenatal exposures, and preterm birth. A press release describing this research is available here, and you can find two publications on PubMed here and here. Dr. Sanders is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine, and a trainee in our NIEHS P30 Center. In addition to her research in The Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory, Dr. Sanders leads several education initiatives, including The Future Leaders in Science Education and Communication Training Program and an afterschool science program for East Harlem fifth graders at the Boys & Girls Harbor.
From July 12-14, Mount Sinai COEC staff and community advisory board members led a three-day course titled “Citizen Science and Social Justice in Your Neighborhood,” a professional development session for elementary, middle and high school teachers. This three-day course brought together experts in environmental health, law and policy, environmental protection, and education to help teachers incorporate citizen science and environmental health topics into their classroom lessons. Several investigators from Mount Sinai’s P30 Center participated, as well as COEC partners from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, The Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF), and The Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER) of CUNY Law School. COEC staff and community board members presented on topics including pediatric environmental health, health data tools, DNA replication, epigenetics, preterm birth, and environmental justice. This course was developed and facilitated by the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation, and the sessions were hosted at both CUNY Law School and Mount Sinai. To view more information about the course, including presenter profiles and course outline, please click here.
On June 2, Dr. Maida Galvez was interviewed by Mario Batali of ABC’s The Chew at PS 206 in East Harlem. Dr. Galvez discussed the significance of food insecurity, childhood nutrition, and the role school meals can play in helping children form healthy eating habits from an early age. The interview was filmed in the cafeteria while students ate lunch, and members of the Department of Education were present as well. This was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate on a multidisciplinary effort to support children’s health. The episode will be aired in September 2016.
We are pleased to congratulate Dr. Maida Galvez for being honored as an EPA Environmental Champion in recognition of her contributions to children’s environmental health. Dr. Galvez, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, directs the Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and co-directs the Community Outreach and Engagement Core of our NIEHS P30 environmental health research center. Dr. Galvez received her award from EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck and Keynote Speaker, Murray Fisher, Founder and President of Harbor School, at a ceremony held at the Region 2 EPA Offices in the Ted Weiss Federal Building in New York City on May 13, 2016.
Lead in drinking water has been a topic of national and local discussion this year, beginning with the crisis in Flint, MI and sparking awareness and concern in communities across the country. In response to questions about the quality of drinking water in NYC, we have created a lead resource page with answers to frequently asked questions, tips to reduce lead exposure, and links to further information. We encourage you to share this page within your networks.
This month, we are proud to highlight two of our members who have recently been honored for their work in the field of environmental health. Dr. Alison Sanders has been elected as the Postdoctoral Representative of the Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group for the Society of Toxicology. Dr. Sanders is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine, and conducts research in the Lautenberg Laboratory for Environmental Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In April, Dr. John Meyer will receive the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s 2016 Centennial Award for Excellence in Education or Research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Meyer serves as an associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Congratulations to Drs. Sanders and Meyer!
On February 29, 2016, Mount Sinai hosted the 9th Annual Children’s Environmental Health Center’s Winter Symposium: “Food for Thought: Chemicals and Allergens in the Foods We Eat.” Presentations covered the latest science on mercury in fish, food allergies, organic foods versus industrial foods, pesticides and GMOs, and chemicals in food policy. The event was sponsored by CEHC’s Dr. Bob Wright and Rosalind Wright. Expert panelists included Dr. Emily Oken (Harvard), Dr. Scott Sicherer (Sinai), Dr. Joel Foreman (Sinai Region 2 PEHSU) and Tom Neltner, JD (Environmental Defense Fund). Region 2 PEHSU’s Dr. Maida Galvez gave opening remarks and co-moderated the Q&A session along with Peggy Shepard from WEACT. Dr. Perry Sheffield served on the planning committee. Click here to watch highlights from the symposium.
The International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment (ISCHE) held their second meeting from January 6-9, 2016 at the Hacienda San Antonio El Puente in Xochitepec, Morelos. At the meeting, global leaders in children’s environmental health research discussed ways to protect children from environmental risks, translate research into direct action, and build capacity for future research development. 55 researchers from 6 countries participated, bringing to the table a wide range of experience in the field. Mount Sinai P30 center members in attendance included Drs. Rosalind Wright, Robert Wright, Alan Just, Megan Horton, Annemarie Stroustrup, and Manish Arora. Dr. Robert Wright served as the retreat planning committee co-leader for this event.
On January 12, 2016, Greening our Children and Mount Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center hosted a community educational event at the Greenwich Library titled Safer Homes, Healthier Families: How to Reduce Exposure to Flame Retardants and Other Prevalent Toxins. Hosted in the Greenwich Library’s Cole Auditorium, the event featured Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute. You can view our flame retardant infographic below.